My span of life will soon be done

My span of life will soon be done

Author: Frances Maria Cowper
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1. My span of life will soon be done,
The passing moments say;
As lengthening shadows o’er the mead
Proclaim the close of day.

2. O that my heart might dwell aloof
From all created things,
And learn that wisdom from above
Whence true contentment springs!

3. Courage, my soul! thy bitter cross,
In every trial here,
Shall bear thee to thy heaven above,
But shall not enter there.

4. Courage, my soul, on God rely;
Deliverance soon will come;
A thousand ways has Providence
To bring believers home.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4369

Author: Frances Maria Cowper

Cowper, Frances Maria, née Madan, wife of Major Cowper, sister of Martin Madan, and cousin of Cowper the Poet, was born in 1727, and died in 1797. Her poetical pieces were published as Original Poems on Various Occasions. By a Lady. Revised by William Cowper, Esq., of the Inner Temple, 1792. From this work her hymn, "My span of life will soon be done" (Death Anticipated) is taken. The cento "Bear on, my soul; the bitter cross," is a part of this hymn. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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